Just back from another beautiful foggy day in Golden Gate Park, I was kinda sad to leave, I sure do love the fog!
Butter played a great opening set for Power to the Peaceful, the crowd was gathered nicely, not too big yet but the masses were en route as I left.
Swing & Sway, The Woes and the Lows, The River, You Make a Difference in Me, Wedding Day, Return Someday*, Be Kind Boys*, Guns or Butter*, Between Your Eyes, Idaho Pines, Desert Rat, Cumberland Blues
*Jake Shimba-something, you know the hawaiian uke player...he was a fun surprise.
The whole set was great, I can't rave about these guys enough...I love them. They really pack a great show into the festival set, today we got a long festival set...an hour ten minutes, Of course more is always better
My faves Return Someday and Desert Rat were great, not as spacey as they can sometimes be, but there wasn't really enough time for that. The Cumberland was a smoker, I was sorta hoping for Sugaree...either way, it was beautiful.
Nice Review Emily
You may have left before this guitar player showed up.
Thanks for posting, Emily. Always enjoy reading your take on shows.
I'm gonna see HBR Sunday nite 9/9 at Humboldt State University in Arcata. Devil Makes Three is opening. Only $10 admission, and HSU students get in free! The venue they're playing -- the Kate Buchanan Room on campus -- is a great place to see shows. It has a nicely elevated stage for good sightlines all around, excellent acoustics, a capacity of about 300-350, and a carpeted floor that they cover with a heavy-duty plastic tarp which makes a great cushioned dancefloor. Sadly, no alcohol is served -- it's an all-ages show -- but I've been known to get around that technicality with some discreet flask-sippin'.
I can't promise I'll post a review of the Arcata show -- I've seen HBR 4 times, and I'm still learning their songs -- but I DO know I'm going to have a hell of a good time!
The Devil Makes Three is a great opener! They're really good, don't miss 'em.
I saw that guy up front
Here's the 'offical' setlist with a few changes...
1: Swing & Sway, Pay Your Dues (The Woes And The Lows), Golden Days, Beneath The Blossoms, Wedding Day, Return Some Day*, Be Kind Boys*, Guns Or Butter*, Right Between Your Eyes > Rebecca, Idaho Pines, Desert Rat, Cumberland Blues
* w/ Jake Shimabukuro on ukelele
I called that guy Jimi. After he posed with us he wanted "something for his head".
I love Jake Shimabukuro!
"Whatchagot for the head?"
"Yeahmanwhatchagot for the head?"
LOL -- that guy cracked me up. I'm glad you called him over, Sue!
Butter was GREAT! I couldn't believe they got such a long set, but I sure was glad! It was so surreal arriving to the festival while that Yoga thing was going on. That was just shy of being creepy. What the heck?! Butter was awesome. The Indigo Girls were awesome. There was some hip hop in there that didn't have a band (they had a DJ, which I guess is a lost art on me), and Spearhead was Spearhead. Butter/Girls definitely took the day in my book.
i saw HbR....... and Lifesavas from portland
nice early set at pttp in ggp
What a big event the whole Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was....500,000 attended, a bit much. Outstanding music.....even the Blue Angels added some excitment. Only in San Francisco!